The Magical in Passing
The Ludwig Galerie Saarlouis presents an extensive exhibition of Herbert List's multifaceted work
The selection of 120 works presented in TheMagical in Passing sheds some light on the elusive oeuvre of the German photographer Herbert List, and explores why it is so difficult to categorize his work. He would work in almost every genre that photography has to offer: architecture, still life, street photography, portraiture, documentation and cataloging. Yet he also blurred the demarcation between those fields; architectural shots seem like composed still lifes or surreal compositions. Documentation of Greek sculptures or African artifacts borders on portraiture, and when capturing the classical beauty of the male physique, one does not quite know if we look at painstakingly composed arrangements or a private photo-diary, shot spontaneously from the hip.
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